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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

Thomas Tallis - Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)
Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Naxos | # 8.557770 | Time: 01:17:17

To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tallis, here are his biggest and best church compositions, performed in its customary high style by the Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly (whose Fauré Requiem remains one of Naxos's all-time bestsellers). Tallis's youthful motet Salve intemerata is among the longest single-movement works of the 16th century, but it is Spem in alium, a work of Tallis's maturity, that overshadows any other English piece of the period, including those of his great contemporary, William Byrd. Scored for 40 independent voices, it is symphonic in proportion and resplendent in this surround-sound version.

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

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Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)
William Byrd, Robert Parsons, John Taverner, W. Mundy, Thomas Tallis, D. Gerarde, John Sheppard

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD408 | Time: 01:08:16

Following its nomination for a Gramophone Early Music Award in 2014, Contrapunctus releases an album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, on the theme of mortality. Conducted by Owen Rees, the album includes Sheppard’s epic Media vita and other Tudor gems by Byrd, Parsons, Mundy, Taverner, Gerarde and Tallis, with Contrapunctus’s own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts.

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Thomas Tallis: Mass for Four Voices, Motets (1993)

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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Thomas Tallis: Mass for Four Voices, Motets (1993)

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Thomas Tallis: Mass for Four Voices, Motets (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 62:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550576 | Recorded: 1992

The Oxford Camerata with their beautifully blended timbre have their own way with Tallis. Lines are firm, the singing has serenity but also a firm pulse. In the Mass (and particularly in the Sanctus) the expressive strength is quite strongly communicated, while the Benedictus moves on spontaneously at the close. The motets respond particularly well to Jeremy Summerly’s degree of intensity. The opening Loquebantur variis linguis has much passionate feeling, and this (together with the Audivi vocem and, especially, the lovely Sancte Deus) shows this choir of a dozen singers at their most eloquent. The recording, made in the Chapel of Wellington College, is very fine indeed.

Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Early English Polyphony (2021)

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Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Early English Polyphony (2021)

Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Early English Polyphony (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 504 Mb | Total time: 123:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296545030 | Recorded: 1977-2008

When King’s College, Cambridge was founded by King Henry VI in 1441, careful provision was made for a choral foundation of sixteen men and sixteen choristers to sing daily services in the Chapel. English worshippers of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries were generous when it came to music, making regular donations and bequests to churches and monasteries, so that masses could be sung for the salvation of their souls. It is no coincidence that the music of this era should therefore have reached new heights of richness and complexity; indeed, England was home to some of the most elaborate polyphony composed anywhere in Europe.

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

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Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 71:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 807595 | Recorded: 2013

The 16 voices of the British choir Stile Antico have a reputation for perfect blend and for programs that go beyond the favorites generally essayed by the similarly sized British choir the Sixteen. That's what's in this collection of motets (and the chanson Mille regretz) united by their connection to the Hapsburg court. It may be surprising to see Thomas Tallis under that rubric, but as the informative booklet points out, he makes the cut due to the marriage of Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor. As that suggests, and as might be expected from a collection of pieces spanning a century, the Hapsburg factor does little to unite these pieces, even if the Emperor Maximilian does get name-checked at one point. Instead, this is simply a collection of intriguing Renaissance works that are generally beyond the ones normally heard.

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

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The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 171 Mb
Classical, Choral, Christmas | Label: Gimell | # 454 934-2 | Time: 00:56:22

Few ensembles are as difficult to write about as the incomparable Tallis Scholars. Inevitably, you just string together an array of superlatives and hope that other reviewers haven't gushed about the same attributes using the same words in precisely the same order. The ensemble's recording of the Christmas Mass and the antiphon Ave Dei patris filia marks both its fourth recording of works by Renaissance master Thomas Tallis and one of Gimell's last albums to be made during an unhappy affiliation with Universal Classics. (The label has since reverted to independent status, distributed in the United States by Harmonia Mundi.) As has been the case with other Tallis Scholars projects, the singers have rediscovered missing manuscripts and have put together the first modern performance editions of both of these works. Their complete mastery of their chosen subject, combining keen scholarship and transcendent beauty, makes this a radiant recording. The clarity and luminescent tone that conductor Peter Phillips achieves with his singers are simply superb. The recording, made at their frequent locale of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Norfolk, is a faithful one–but don't miss any opportunity to hear them live.

Edward Higginbottom, The Clerks of the Choir of New College Oxford - Byrd & Tallis: Renaissance Masterpieces Volume I (1996)

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Edward Higginbottom, The Clerks of the Choir of New College Oxford - Byrd & Tallis: Renaissance Masterpieces Volume I (1996)

Edward Higginbottom, The Clerks of the Choir of New College Oxford - Byrd & Tallis: Renaissance Masterpieces Volume I - Great Britain (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 66:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Collins Classics | # 14872 | Recorded: 1995

This CD is the first in a new series of Collins Classics devoted to Renaissance religious European polyphony. The first part focuses on England with works by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. Both composers set the lamentations of Jeremiah. William Byrd's "Four part mass" and Thomas Tallis's "Audivi vocem de caelo" can also be heard. The works are sung by The clerks of the choir of New College Oxford conducted by Edward Higginbottom.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)

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The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)

Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)
The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68121 | Time: 01:13:09

Ten English composers set the Latin text of the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the mid-16th century, in the reigns both of the Catholic Queen Mary and the Protestant Elizabeth I. Precise details are hard to establish of when works were performed, as Andrew Carwood explains in an illuminating note to this disc, but there seems little doubt that Tallis, though a Catholic, wrote his masterpiece for Elizabeth. The repeated final lines, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the Lord your God”, unforgettable once heard, have a dark resonance here, thanks to the sonorous basses of the Cardinall’s Musick (Robert Macdonald, Simon Whiteley). The rest of this fine recording draws on music from across Tallis’s career, with English and Latin settings (Sancte Deus, Te Deum, Come, Holy Ghost and more). The singers reach the highest standards.

Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Alamire with Fretwork, directed by David Skinner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Obsidian | # CD716 | Time: 01:15:36

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone.

Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003
Taverner Consort & Choir; Andrew Parrott, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 303 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62230 2 8 | 02:09:27

The Taverner Consort & Choir under Andrew Parrott recorded “Spem in alium” 1986/87 at St.John-at-Hackney in London, combined with other latin motets by Tallis (among them The Lamentations of Jeremiah). This is an excellent recording with good transparency and spacial structuring. Good voices (all solo), with the support of a bass sackbut and two chamber organs.

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 07:21:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029570282 | Recorded: 1974-1990

In 1968, six former choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge established the King’s Singers, later described by The Times as “the superlative vocal sextet”. The group has always comprised two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and over the years it has proved consistently exceptional for vocal distinction and breadth and diversity of repertoire. This celebratory collection of eight CDs focuses on Renaissance composers from Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany and the Low Countries.

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

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Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.86 Gb | Total time: 15:10:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94032 | Recorded: 1994-2002

A stunning collection of some of the greatest sacred music ever written. From the great Lamentations of Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina, the listener is taken on a remarkable spiritual journey through Bach’s great St Matthew Passion, Purcell’s moving and bleak funeral music for Queen Mary, and Handel radiant Messiah. Pergolesi’s masterful setting of the Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Passions-Oratorium are also to be found here, along with Haydn’s Stabat Mater and his dark and intense masterpiece Die sieben letzen Worte, or The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross. Finally, Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere opens this collection – a work that was copied from memory after one hearing by the child Mozart. Prior to that moment the work had only been heard in the Vatican.